Clear Closets and Shelves to Help Others

After the holidays, closets, dressers and shelves might need some un-crowding. Two local organizations welcome gently used items in need of a new home.

In Durham, Mirembe House provides a home base for the African Children’s Choir when the young performers are not touring. The choir is made up of 25 boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12, all natives of Africa and most having lost one or both parents to poverty or AIDS. Through their performances, the children take Africa to the rest of world.

Past needs at Mirembe include new or gently used children’s clothing in sizes 6 to 12 as well as soccer equipment. In addition, holiday-related needs are listed at

In Raleigh, the Brentwood Exchange Club is offering a sweet deal for book lovers while supporting SAFEChild at the same time. The Bookshelf, located in the Barbecue Lodge at 4600 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, offers gently used books for a small donation while also providing information about SAFEChild.

All donations collected go to supporting SAFEChild, which works to eliminate child abuse in Wake County. Keeping the Bookshelf stocked requires plenty of reading material.

Anyone interested in donating already-read favorites can call 919-876-6763.